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An Average Ski Jane goes to the Alps

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A March 2004 trip to Innsbruck by lcampbell

Hotel Europa Tyrol Photo, Innsbruck, Austria More Photos
Quote: The westernmost province of Austria is the Tirol, home to almost 600 mountains over 3000 meters. Obviously irresistible to experienced skiers, I wanted to find out if the Austrian Alps had something for me, and Average Ski Jane.

An Average Ski Jane goes to the Alps

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Overview

Innsbruck Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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The alpine province of Tirol is home to almost 600 mountains over 3000 meters, with the Inn River Valley dividing the Alps to the south and the Karwendel range to the north. Of course, the terrain of the Tirol makes it a perfect destination for year-round outdoor activities. Alpine villages are scattered around the Tirol, which can be visited while skiing countless runs serviced by 1209 cables and lifts. Other winter activities include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter walking, and tobogganing, just to name a few. The capitol of the Tirol is Innsbruck, a major commercial and cultural center with 120,000 inhabitants. Innsbruck has a rich history, starting in the Bronze Age ...Read More

Hotel Europa Tyrol

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Hotel

Hotel Europa Tyrol Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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There is something so charming about being greeted by the hotel owner. No matter the size or price of the hotel, this personal contact makes me feel appreciated and cared for. Otto Plattner, of Hotel Europa Tyrol, was especially welcoming in his traditional Tyrolean clothing and friendly gray beard and eyes. Of course, the excellent service provided by this five-star hotel charmed me as well. This is a girl that finds flush toilets at a campground to be luxurious. My room was not especially large, but every bit of it was high quality and comfortable. The down comforters and pillows found in European hotels could make me want to return regardless of anything else. There was a dark ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2004

Hotel Europa Tyrol
SUEDTIROLER PLATZ 2
Innsbruck, Austria
43-512-5931

Bergiselschanze/Bergisel Ski Jump

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Attraction | "Bergisel Ski Jump"

Bergiselschanze/Bergisel Ski Jump Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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“Stand over here!” Lucy insisted, as she rang her little bell to get our attention. Austrian guided tours have a certain level of strictness that we were not quite accustomed to. “Listen!” she proclaimed often, but not in a rude way. It was more that she was so enthusiastic about what we were seeing, that she didn’t want us to miss any of it. And she valued punctuality. We had just finished a brief walking tour of Innsbruck with Lucy, and were now visiting the new Bergisel Ski Jump with her. Bergisel Peak was the site of a freedom battle almost 200 years ago. In 1925, the first ski jump was built. The jump was used in both the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics – the Olympic torches are still at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2004

Bergiselschanze/Bergisel Ski Jump
Wilten
Bergisel, Innsbruck 6020
+43 664 300 33 33

Ski Kühtai

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When the first day of my European skiing adventure began with an embarrassing ski mix-up, followed by about an hour sorting out the gory details, I was dispirited and thought the whole thing might be a bad idea. After all, I am only an Average Ski Jane who loves to spend time outdoors, enjoys a challenge (but not broken bones), and has a certain appreciation for ski instructors. But these are the Alps, where babies are born with skis on, and expert skiers curve gracefully and effortlessly down dramatic peaks. I surveyed the ski scene while going up a surprisingly long chair lift. "That looks pretty steep" I said to Antonia, another Average Ski Jane. She was nervous too. We searched...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2004

Ski Kühtai
Kühtai Ski area
Innsbruck, Austria

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds)

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Attraction | "Swarovski Crystal Worlds"

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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The tour of Swarovski Crystal Worlds was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be. I expected a stuffy looking woman telling us about how great the crystal products are, maybe some displays describing how they were made, and ending with a sales push. What I actually got was a trip to an amazing artistic and creative fantasy world. The trip begins before even entering the building. At the entrance, visitors meet the Giant, who guards everything inside. The Giant is a waterfall-spouting green head who is quite impressive. Inside, guests are immediately given drinks – I highly recommend the champagne/gin/triple sec concoction. It helps to prepare for what lies ahead. The intro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2004

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds)
Kristallweltenstraße 1
Innsbruck, Austria 6112
43 5224 51080 0

Tobogganing

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Attraction | "Tipsy Tobogganing"

Tobogganing Photo, Innsbruck, Austria
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It is a very simple concept, and therefore it is brilliant. Take people up a mountain, give them alcohol, send them 4km down the mountain on toboggans that they just learned how to use, give them more alcohol. In the USA, this would be a lawyer’s nightmare. In Austria, it is just good fun. This unique and fun activity can be arranged through hotels in Innsbruck or directly through the Ski School of Innsbruck, which runs the trip. The trip runs every Thursday (unless there is a complete group of 20, in which case a special trip will be made) starting at 7:45pm. Cost is €18 for adults, and €10 for kids. First we took a bus trip (around 30 minutes) to Axamer Lizum, a small village ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 20, 2004

Tobogganing
Axamer Lizum holiday village
Innsbruck, Austria

Skiing, ski passes and packages

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The province of Tirol in Austria is known worldwide for skiing. The combination of sunshine, great snow, startling scenery, and visitor services make it a superior ski destination. And you don’t have to be an expert to ski in Tirol. With numerous ski resorts to choose from, there is something for everyone. Various ski passes and packages allow you to visit just one ski area, or a different ski area every day at reasonable prices. Innsbruck Gletscher Skipass The pass includes the six main ski areas directly around Innsbruck: Nordpark-Seegrube, Patscherkofel, Axamer Lizum, Glungezer, Schlick2000, and Stubai Glacier. This combination allows use of 64 lifts, 150 km of prepared pistes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2004

Skiing, ski passes and packages
around Innsbruck
Innsbruck, Austria